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- Print Length: 108 pages
- Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons; 1 edition (September 8, 1998)
- Publication Date: September 8, 1998
- Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B004CR6AM4
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
- Lending: Not Enabled
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #15,013 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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About the Author
Called “The King of Parables” by USA Today, Dr. Johnson is often referred to as the best there is at taking complex subjects and presenting simple solutions that work. He received a B.A. degree in psychology from the University of Southern California, an M.D. from the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, and medical clerkships at Harvard Medical School and the Mayo Clinic. There are over 50 million copies of his books in print worldwide in 47 languages.
Few names are as recognized in American business as Ken Blanchard’s. His One Minute Manager® Library has sold millions of copies and been translated into more than twenty languages, and he has written or co-authored a number of other popular books as well. Ken is a captivating and sought-after speaker and business consultant, who has shared his unique approach with a multitude of Fortune 500 companies.
Ken has received many awards in management and leadership. He has won the National Speakers Association’s highest honor, the “Council of Peers Award for Excellence,” and the Golden Gavel from Toastmasters International, and was inducted into the HRD Hall of Fame.
Dr. Johnson, coauthor of The One Minute Manager and many other books, presents this parable to business, church groups, schools, military organizations--anyplace where you find people who may fear or resist change. And although more analytical and skeptical readers may find the tale a little too simplistic, its beauty is that it sums up all natural history in just 94 pages: Things change. They always have changed and always will change. And while there's no single way to deal with change, the consequence of pretending change won't happen is always the same: The cheese runs out. --Lou Schuler --This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
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This book is all about dealing with change emotionally and methodically, and realizing when things are about to change. We miss the warning signs sometimes, and nobody is perfect. This book helped me realize my own issues of denial about my grandmother's decline, how I could have made better choices speaking up, and the aftermath--accepting her passing and processing things in time.
For somebody else, the change and loss could be a marriage, a job, or finances. What I took from the book is that as humans we definitely will become emotional, but staying in one place and doing the same things doesn't get you closer to the cheese. You have to put on your tracksuit and shoes and work through your maze. I love this book, and would reccommend it to anyone going through something right now. It applies to life in ways that will amaze you.
Change is everywhere and change is constantly happening, we can either wait for circumstances to bring our comfort zone back to us or we can be proactive and seek to behave in a manner that keeps our comfort zone with us at all times. There is a lot more I can say about this book and almost all of it has surely been said already, so I'll just go with this: Buy this book, even if you do not think you need it, I am positive that there is someone else in your life who probably does.
I put book in quotes because it's really just a motivational speech given that was converted into a short story, that was made into a book. A good chunk of the book discusses how it's a book, and then spends several pages building up the story to make it more of a book. I guess the point I am trying to make is that there's very little content in the actual book - it's definitely fluffed to get some length. You could easily read this book through in an hour or so... even less if you just skip right to the story.
I still rate it 3/5 stars however because the points that the book convey, are good things to be thinking about. Anyone and everyone can relate to this story, and I do believe everyone at some point in their careers should read it. I would suggest picking it up used, not new though.
I expected better from something so highly praised.
The author clearly wanted to write a parable and really tortured the metaphor to do so.
Top international reviews
Are you afraid of changes? Are you glued to your comfort zone or do you feel lost and confused when it comes to career, love or life in general?
Who Moved My Cheese by Dr. Spencer Johnson works as a medicine if you are dealing with any of the above mentioned situation. It takes hardly an hour to read this book and it has a universal appeal. The four characters in the book look for "Cheese" in different parts of the maze which could be equated with a person's search for happiness, money, love or peace.
Why to read this book: It contains the adequate dose of motivation coupled with humour and philosophy which is capable of sparkling a new hope and enthusiasm in the reader. It enables one to look at the changes with a new outlook and the book has claimed to improve the life of millions of people. ⠀⠀
So go ahead and grab a copy for yourself and experience the magic of this one!
But it's meant to be so simplistic that the thought is focused on the message rather than the storyline. You are sure to find yourself associating with three out of the four characters and although most wont admit to being the character Hem there are many out there just like him and stuck in their past.
So many people see themselves as flexible but back up their stubborn stance as expertise gained from experience. Well we would all be walking around in loin clothes and grunting at each other if progress was restricted by experience.
This short easy to read book is well worth keeping in your library to remind yourself from time to time how easy it is to get stuck in the past. I have my copy, and purchased this one for my 17 year old nephew to help him see how to move on and leave his childhood old cheese behind.
Change is often seen as a bad thing and although it's not always easy to accept, sometimes there is no alternative and the best way to deal with it is to make the best you can out of it. Surely good advice.
Not everyone will want to contemplate the message of the book and often the ones stuck in their ways will argue the toss loudest. But there is an audience for this kind of book and out of the 26 million people who have purchased it there are bound to be arguments on both sides of the fence. That's what having an opinion is about isn't it?
I would like you to know I read Who Moved My Cheese? On my way home last night.
I found it so enlightening! I feel like even when it comes to managing change us humans tend to overcomplicate things and make simple tasks way more complex than they need to be. Seeing it put in such a basic format made the information easier to digest – Mice, littlepeople & cheese!
I also really appreciated how the book focusses on how most of the time we scare ourselves out of enjoying change because we don’t know what will happen, Its like spinning a wheel where 9 slots have £1m and 1 slot has instantaneous death😃
I see how people love to panic when change comes around (literally me as soon as any insignificant thing in my life changes) and it’s a waste of energy.
However, I will say the one thing I didn’t like in the book was when they mentioned that you should anticipate change – that made me a bit nervous because I would feel as if I’d always have to be on edge and that would make me feel almost paranoid that change is coming to get me, so I will definitely be taking that with a pinch of salt.
But overall, an amazing read I think my sister will benefit greatly from reading it too! Thanks Michelle 😊
Plus she has added today :
I’ve also spoken about the book on a couple of my social media channels and quite a few of my friends have decided it would be a very insightful read.
A more detailed explanation I found in "the chimp paradox" by
Prof Steve Peters. I found extremely interesting along with: "The one minute manager" by Ken Blanchard and "Just Listen: Discover the Secret to Getting Through to Absolutely Anyone" by Mark Goulston.
I read this book already 3 times. It is so important to keep things simple. I came to this by hard way: over complicating things and after starting again from the beginning with simple facts, decisions followed by steps.
The one constant we have in life is CHANGE. "If we do not change we can become extinct" and "The quicker we let go of old cheese the sooner we find new cheese". This is a compelling fable on the importance to keep change as a way of life and assent to its core principles.
If you struggle with change or are wary of change, this is for you.
It’s a relatively short book. Written in a cart simple to read way, but delivers large changes to your mindset on change.
I’ve given it to my 14 year old son and saw the difference in him too.
Why This Book?
• understanding that it is Important to Move With Time and Changing Yourself with iT what the book teaches.
• It shows us that Being Stuck in Past is Not the Choice.
• see the Future Possibilities and Live the Present to the Fullest as if there is no tomorrow.
• I recommend this book if You Feel Hard to Change with Changing Circumstances.